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GPMTD Receives First Wave of New Paratransit (CityLift) Vehicles

The Greater Peoria Mass Transit District (GPMTD) recently received the first set of five of its new paratransit (CityLift) vehicles. The initial vehicles received are Ford E450 Body-on-Chassis with a Champion Challenger body.  They were manufactured by Champion in Imlay City, Michigan and brokered by Central States Bus Sales, Inc. in Fenton, MO. 
These vehicles have the capacity to accommodate up to 14 passengers and numerous wheelchairs.  They have a specially designed roof to increase passenger safety and the latest enhancements in seatbelt and wheelchair securements.  The interior also features high-quality spill-resistant vinyl passenger seating and LED lighting.
The contract GPMTD entered into with Central States Bus Sales, Inc. is for the purchase and delivery of up to 26 new paratransit vehicles not to exceed $1,656,200.  There is an option to purchase an additional 14 paratransit vehicles over the next five years.
GPMTD was awarded a Paratransit Vehicles Grant in June 2016 from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through the Buses and Bus Facilities Grant Program – 5339.  The amount awarded from the FTA was $1,421,467, which will pay 85% of the total cost for GPMTD to replace the current fleet of aging paratransit vehicles. Local funding will pay the remaining 15%.
GPMTD expects to continue receiving the additional 21 new paratransit vehicles in waves of approximately five vehicles per week over the course of the next five weeks.  The first five vehicles received are currently under inspection and they are expected to be added to the fleet rotation by early July.

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